New Urban Agenda is getting shape

This week, all Habitat III Policy Papers have been published onto the website. These papers are the results of ten thorough Policy Units that have taken place over last year. The Policy Units brought together 20 international experts each from a variety of fields, including academia, government, civil society and other regional and international bodies. The Policy Papers range from topics  like National Urban Policy to Municipal Finance.

The ten papers have an important role in constituting key building blocks for the New Urban Agenda, that will be adopted at the Habitat 3 Conference in Quito, October 2016. The papers give an overview of the main political challenges, visions, priorities and recommended actions for the implementation of the New Urban Agenda.

The New Urban Agenda is part of the 2030 UN strategy based on the sustainable development goals (SDGs). These goals have been accepted by the General Assembly of the UN in September 2015. SDG 11 refers explicitly to the contribution of cities to a sustainable future: “To make cities and human settlements inclusive, safe, resilient and sustainable”.

EUKN Director Mart Grisel was one of the international experts involved on drafting of the Policy Paper on Urban Governance, Institutions and Capacity Building. The paper stresses the importance of national and territorial policies, effective decentralisation, good urban governance bases on accountability and transparency, and partnerships involving all relevant governmental levels and all key stakeholders, including civil society and the private sector. The paper also discusses the impact of digitalisation on innovation in governance.

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All ten papers can be read or downloaded here:

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